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Baker graduate to join LeMoyne College concert program

— James Kryshak, a 2001 graduate of Baker High School, will join the Le Moyne's College Jazzuits and Singers for their winter concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the W. Carroll Coyne Center of the Performing Arts on the Le Moyne College campus.

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James Kryshak

Kryshak, a tenor, made his professional opera debut in 2008 as Don Ottavio in Raylynmor Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Other leading opera roles include: Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Camille in The Merry Widow, Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte.

Most recently, Kryshak has completed two years with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 singing the fourth Jew in Salome with The Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst. Kryshak sang the role of Sellem, the auctioneer, in The Rake’s Progress during the 2012 Summer Season as a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera.

In 2013 he will be singing the role of Scaramuccio in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos with the Glyndebourne Festival and then move to Vienna, Austria where he will join the Ensemble of the prestigious Vienna State Opera singing major roles.

Kryshak holds a master’s of music degree in opera performance from the University of Wisconsin Madison as well as a bachelor of arts degree in both music (voice) and German from Elmhurst College (Illinois). He was a student of Carol Jacobe at Baker High School and a member of all vocal ensembles as well as sang the roles of Narrator/Old Man in Into the Woods, Dickon in The Secret Garden, Fagin in Oliver! and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.

"We are all delighted that James will be a part of our final concerts of the semester at Le Moyne College,” Jacobe said.

Kryshak will perform two solos as well as joining Carol Jacobe's Jazzuits and Jocelyn Rauch's Singers. He will also present a master voice class at LeMoyne working with several students from Jacobe's and Rauch's voice studios.

Tickets for the Dec. 7 and 8 concerts can be purchased by calling 445-4523.

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